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Local woman attacked by man she met on ‘dating’ app

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A local woman was attacked by a man she met online, police reported Thursday. Wednesday, March 25, Rockford police officers responded to the 1700 block of 12th Avenue and spoke to the 23-year-old victim, who said she communicated with a man via a well-known dating app commonly used for prostitution and agreed to to meet him. The woman said while she as at the agree-upon location, a man approached her on foot and they began walk back to the 12th Avenue address.…

Men charged with multiple weapons offenses

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Three men were jailed Wednesday and charged with multiple weapons offenses after police responded to a shots-fired call on the northwest side. At around 1:15 p.m., officers were called to the 2300 block of Quincy Circle and located multiple shell casings from two different calibers of firearms in the street. They also discovered that a residence and two parked vehicles which had been struck with gunfire. During the initial on-scene investigation, a…

Teen killed at Rockford housing complex

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Police are investigating a shooting on the city's west side, where officials say a 16-year-old boy was killed. Police say at around 3 a.m., officers responded to a shots-fired report on the 1000 block of Hess Court, inside the Fairgrounds Valley housing development. There, they located the victim and pronounced him dead at the scene. The incident marks the second homicide in Rockford this year. The Rock River Times will have more on this story as…

Rockford man wanted after shots-fired incident

Staff Report ROCKFORD - An arrest warrant was issued for a Rockford man Tuesday after a gun incident on the city's west-side. At approximately 10:40 a.m., Rockford Police officers responded to the 1400 block of Mulberry Street regarding a report of shots fired. Officers located shell casings at the scene and a residence that had been struck by gunfire. During the investigation, Rockford detectives located what they believed to be the suspect’s vehicle. When patrol officers attempted to…

Man sentenced to 30 years for sexually abusing child

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Paul Mathis, 59, has been sentenced to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for aggravated criminal sexual abuse, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces Thursday. Mathis was previously convicted of the offense last Dec. 4 after a jury trial. Feb. 6, 2012, officers from the Rockford Police Department were dispatched to a residence in Rockford for a report of a sexual assault to a minor. During the investigation, Mathis was…

Rockford man jailed after police find gun in his car

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A Rockford man was jailed Friday after a gun was allegedly found in his car during a traffic stop. March 13, officers with the Rockford Police Department located 23-year-old Darionte Hallom operating a vehicle in the 1900 block of West Pearl Street. As officers approached Hallom, they observed a loaded handgun on his lap. He was taken into custody without incident. Police say Hallom has a valid Illinois FOID but not a concealed carry permit. He's charged with…

Rockford teen charged with drug-induced homicide

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - A Rockford teen faces homicide charges in a drug overdose that occurred on the city's east side last year. Carzell Lewis-Curtis, 18, is charged with two counts of drug-induced homicide and two counts of delivery of a controlled substance (heroin and fentanyl). Police say the charges come as a result of an investigation of  an overdose death that happened last Nov. 16 at the Red Roof Inn, 7434 E. State St. Before Police arrived on the scene, the was …

Man sentenced to 25 years in Rockford homicide

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison in a homicide that occurred in 2016 on the city's west side. Javontavious Benford, 21, was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Debra Schafer. He was found guilty of first-degree murder last October. March 29, 2016, officers from the Rockford City Police Department were dispatched to Parkside Avenue in reference to a shooting. At the scene, officers located a male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim…

Man killed in shooting on Rockford’s northwest side

Staff Report ROCKFORD - One man is dead after being shot Wednesday night on the city's northwest side. According to early reports, at around 9:30 p.m., police were called to the 1600 block of Overdene Avenue to investigate a shots-fired report. Officers located the 23-year-old victim at the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police are investigating the case as a homicide. The Rock River Times will have more on this story as it…

Rockford man charged with multiple counts of child pornography

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A Rockford man is jailed, charged with multiple counts of child pornography, the Rockford Police Department announced Tuesday, March 10. Gary Wayne Wilson, 49, is charged 22 counts of child pornography, allegations that come as the result of a monthslong investigation by the Rockford Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Wilson is lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. Bond is set at $2 million. He's due in court Wednesday.

Rockford man accused of sexually abusing child

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A Rockford man has been charged with sexually abusing a child, allegations that stem from an incident last December. Tuesday, Dec. 17, the Rockford Police Department was contacted to investigate a report of sexual abuse to a juvenile under the age of 12.  The Sensitive Crimes Unit conducted a follow-up investigation and identified the suspect as 33-year-old Jermey Jenkins, who is known to the victim, as a suspect. He was arrested Thursday. Jenkins is charged with…

Second man sentenced to 10 years for gunfight outside CherryVale Mall

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The second gunman involved in a shooting incident outside CherryVale Mall two years ago is headed to prison. Jamain McFadden Jr., 22, was sentenced Tuesday, March 3, to 10 years behind bars for the offense of aggravated discharge of a firearm. March 18, 2018, Cherry Valley Police, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputies and Rockford Police responded to CherryVale Mall after reports of shots fired. When officers arrived, they became involved in a foot chase with …

Rockford man charged with multiple counts of arson

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - A local man has been charged with multiple counts of arson after the Rockford Police Department responded to a fire on the city's south side earlier this week. Donovin G. Fluaitt, 29, of Rockford, was arrested Wednesday and charged with five count of aggravated arson, a Class X felony. Authorities say the allegations come after firefighters extinguished a blaze at 1724 Lyran Avenue. The Rockford Fire Department was dispatched the scene at…

Rockford man charged with sexually abusing child

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A Rockford man was jailed Tuesday, charged with sexually abusing a child. Maurice Miles, 56, is charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, allegations that stem from a follow-up investigation that began last fall. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, the Rockford Police Department was contacted to investigate a report of sexual abuse of a juvenile. Detectives with the Sensitive Crimes Unit later developed Miles as a suspect and the Winnebago County State’s…

Video: Police ask for public’s help identifying robbery suspect

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - The Rockford Police Department is asking the public for its help to identify a suspect they say robbed a woman at gunpoint downtown last week. The suspect is described as black male, approximately 40 years old, 5-8, around 230 pounds. He was wearing a black and purple coat with a hood, tan pants, black shoes and black gloves. The man was carrying a purple backpack. Police say around 5:40 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17, the suspect approached a woman outside…